The swanky and über-urban Hotel ZaZa (2332 Leonard St., 214/468-8399, www.hotelzaza.com , $250 d) offers spacious, chic rooms with minibars, luxury bedding, and “sensual lighting.” The ZaSpa provides body therapies and a tropical pool, and the Dragonfly Restaurant features global cuisine. The hotel’s “custom-designed concept suites” include free Wi-Fi access and daily coffee services. On weekends, the hotel shows classic movies projected on a large screen near its outdoor patio.
You can’t go wrong at the classic Magnolia Hotel (1401 Commerce St., 214/915-6500, www.magnoliahoteldallas.com , $279 d), with its rich history, ornate furnishings, optimal location, and old-fashioned charm. The Magnolia played a vital role in Dallas’s history, and the hotel’s legendary red-neon Pegasus atop the building is a treasured city landmark. The logo is from the once-dominant Magnolia Petroleum Company, which was headquartered in the hotel’s remarkable 1934 art deco building. The Magnolia’s 330 guest rooms feature high ceilings, fine linens, oversized soaking tubs, refrigerators, and bathrobes. The hotel also provides some pretty amazing complimentary services, including breakfast at the Magnolia Court, afternoon cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and even nighttime cookies and milk in the Magnolia Club’s library.
The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., 214/559-2100, www.mansiononturtlecreek.com , $395 d) provides lavish accommodations and has a worldwide reputation for its luxury. If you’re looking to splurge on an elegant place in Dallas , this is as sophisticated as it gets. Rooms feature European-style decor containing original artwork, antiques, 480-thread-count linens, fresh-cut flowers, walk-in closets, marble baths, robes, and slippers, along with French doors opening onto private balconies. As expected with a luxury hotel, the Southwestern cuisine–themed restaurant is exquisite and is consistently named one of the top hotel restaurants in the country. The bar offers casual dining surrounded by a hunting-themed decor, and the hotel’s Promenade restaurant serves breakfast overlooking the lush landscaped grounds.